John Harbaugh must be feeling his seat getting warmer again, as the Michigan Wolverines are unlikely to make it to the College Football Playoff again this season. But a win next Saturday against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish should appease some angry fans back in Ann Arbor. Will the Wolverines bounce back from a loss? Or will the Fighting Irish keep on rolling? The sportsbook predicts a tight one, favoring Michigan by less than a field goal.
Betting Preview for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Michigan Wolverines Week 9 College Football Game on October 26 2019
Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor
When: Saturday, October 26, 2019, 7:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ABC
Betting on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-1 Overall / 0-0 Conference)
The Fighting Irish are thankful for Tony Jones Jr. The running back was the biggest factor for Notre Dame’s 30-27 home win over the USC Trojans last Saturday. Jones torched the Trojans’ defense for 176 rushing yards on 25 carries. He wasn’t able to find the end zone, but Jones helped move the chains and keep drives alive for the Fighting IRish, who entered the game ranked 37th in the nation with 192.0 rushing yards per game. Meanwhile, quarterback Ian Book passed for 165 yards and a touchdown without an interception on 17-of-32 completions. Book also rushed for 49 yards and a score on 12 carries. Defensively, the Fighting Irish will lean on their pass rush that sacked Trojans quarterback Keldon Slovis four times, though, it will not come easy against the Wolverines sturdy offensive line.
The Fighting Irish are 3-2-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last six road games.
Betting on the Michigan Wolverines (5-2 Overall / 3-2 Conference)
The Wolverines got tripped up on the road over the weekend, as they fell prey to the Penn State Nittany Lions in a 28-21 loss. The setback snapped Michigan’s three-game winning streak and further damaged their chances to earn a ticket to the College Football Playoff. The Wolverines have themselves to blame for the loss, ast hey got called for eight flags for 48 yards. Head coach John Harbaugh criticized the officiating following the game, but their inability to play consistently good football in the game can also be due to the noise of the pro-Nittany Lions crowd. The Wolverines will not have to worry much about that this coming weekend, as they host the Fighting Irish in Ann Arbor. Wolverines running back Zach Charbonnet rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries against Penn State, and he’ll look to carry that form over into Week 9 of the 2019 NCAAF season.
The Wolverines are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Notre Dame wins, 27-23.
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